Sam Cooke founded his own record label, SAR Records, with his friend J.W. Alexander. Cooke and Alexander had known each from their early days as Gospel performers. SAR Records allowed Cooke to expand his artistic abilities as a writer and producer and would act as a vehicle to develop new up and coming black recording artists during a time of racial unrest. Despite Cooke’s fame, SAR Records material has remained relatively hard to find over the years and compilations are scarce. This collection has it all from gutsy floor-fillers to smooth Gospel to down ‘n’ dirty Rhythm & Blues gems. This is the label that helped to kick start careers from for the likes of Bobby Womack, Lou Rawls and Billy Preston, as well as support established artists like The Soul Stirrers. This beautifully presented 10” vinyl album comes with stunning artwork, label shots and most importantly incredible music. Includes music from Patience Valentine, Johnnie Morisette, L.C. Cook (Sam’s younger brother), Simms Twins, The Soul Stirrers, The Valentinos, Jacki Ross and of course Sam Cooke.
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